walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Etive eastern 3

Etive eastern 3


Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:37 pm

Munros included on this walk: Glas Bheinn Mhor, Meall nan Eun, Stob Coir an Albannaich

Date walked: 19/07/2020

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 1870m

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Here we go another Sunday outing, this time to coincide with one of the trips up north by Martin. He had a few loose ends to tie up on Saturday but had a pass to escape and get some good old Scottish air into his lungs. The problem with planning a day out in advance is the usual spanner in the works - the weather. At the start of the week the forecast was promising but as Sunday got nearer and nearer the forecast got worse and worse, so we were prepared for doom and gloom and a good soaking.
We arranged to meet Martin at the Welly for a bacon roll and as he was following us almost from Callander there wouldn't be a problem with either of us waiting.
Glen Etive would be a new experience for Martin, so hopefully he was impressed by the bendy single track road and the umpteen wild campers. After parking in exactly the same spot as last Sunday we were on our way just before 9am.
Parminder and I opted to don our waterproof trousers from the off, George was prepared to get wet legs in the hope that his trousers would dry ultra fast and Martin decided to keep his trousers in his rucksack.
Our plan was to follow last weeks route towards the base of Ben Starav, rather than do Starav again we would be continuing up the glen and then turning left further up the glen into another glen.
One thing that was very evident was the amount of rain that must have fallen in the west in the last week and that would make for careful descending especially on rocks and grassy slopes.


our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Image
Fisherman's hut on the River Etive, looks like a bus stop

Image
One happy bunny, getting proper fresh air into his lungs and plenty of it later

Image
Plenty of water this week, what a difference a week makes

Image
Looking downstream

Image
Nice gorge

Image
Very slabby rocks

Image
George leading the way as usual

Image
Looking back

Image
Team photo

It was about this time that Martin decided to struggle into his trousers and about 400m decided that the trousers were a tad on the small side for him, so he then struggled to remove them.

Image
Glas Beinn Mhor looking a bit pointy

Image
First of a few river crossings

Image
Parminder showing good technique, Martin not paying attention

Image
Nice interesting waterfall

Image
Looking back down the glen

Image
The way ahead and up to the ridge, that was the plan

Image
Blue sky - had to take a photo

Image
The locals - zoomed, would soon be romping up the hill

Image
George romping uphill, just like a deer

Image
Looking back down at the 2 teenagers

Image
Rainbow taken on my camera - which wasn't out of it's case very often

Image
Looking across to hill number 2, also kind of shows the angle of ascent

Image
Looking back down - another shower heading our way

Image
Rainbow again on my phone this time

Image
Parminder deciding to lead the way, tricky navigating

Image
Atmospheric view to the SE

Image
Quarter view to the SE

Image
Casual summit pose

Image
Video on the summit of Glas Beinn Mhor

Image
Our descent route looks like it is about to be devoured by cloud

Image
Looking across to our next wee ascent, aim for the zig zag path

Image
Descending off the shoulder of Glas Beinn Mhor

Image
A quartz seam in the rock

Image
Looking down on the zig zag

Image
Looking back to Glas Beinn Mhor

Image
Next shower about to assault us

Image
The trudge up the slight incline on the lower grassy slopes of Stob Coir an Albannaich

Image
Our guest teenager approaching the 2nd summit

Image
Not quite sure what George is up to? Sit up's with a difference with Parminder supervising

Image
George trying out a different pose on the small summit area, doubt if that will catch on either

Image
Looking across to the 3rd and final hill Meall nan Eun, with a bump in between that needs to be ascended & descended

Image
Looking back up to Stob Coir an Albannaich

Image
Yes we came down that, picking our way down the grassy bits

Image
Looking back again, our second summit has disappeared

Image
Looking back at the wee hump, doesn't very wee from this angle

Image
George waiting patiently at the summit cairn of Meall nan Eun

Image
Looking back to the first 2 summits

Image
And finally

Image
Looking down the glen - our descent route only 7km back to the car

Image
Martin just pointing out the way down

Image
It won't make my top ten favourite descents

Image
The way ahead from lower down

Image
George now starting to stroke rocks

Image
It may look like fun but it wasn't really

Image
One of many water features, spoilt for choice

Image
Looking back

Image
Good path all the way back to the car

Image
Possibly an old settlement?

Image
Parminder & George trying to work out who is missing, as the style was put there for a reason I opted to try it out

Image
River Etive, so not far now

Image
Another river, luckily with a bridge over it

Image
One last photo of Ben Starav, what a hill

Image
Camera photo of Starav - stunning

Turned out to be a cracking day out and we actually met quite a few other brave souls who were only tackling the 2 eastern hills. Thanks to Parminder for being duty driver and to Martin for providing the entertainment in more ways than one.
We had a really good plan of dining at the chippy in Calendar but there would be a spanner in the works. All going well until we reached Lix Toll only to find the road was closed, we arrived at 7.10pm and the road closed at 7pm, so what to do? Martin opted to turn around and head back to Crianlarich and then down past Loch Lomond, we opted to head through Killin and alongside Loch Tay. I checked my phone and searched for a chippy that would hopefully be on our route. Found a place in Aberfeldy so we ended up stopping there and it was very welcome (thanks George).
Next was the rest of the detour down the A9 etc etc.
User avatar
Fife Flyer
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2390
Munros:195   Corbetts:47
Grahams:24   Donalds:50
Sub 2000:121   Hewitts:2
Islands:5
Joined: May 15, 2013
Location: Guess?

Re: Etive eastern 3

Postby dibs » Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:17 pm

Good summary of a fairly tough day Martin, well done. An extra special well done too for young Martin having not been out on a Munro since the WH Meet last year. :clap:
User avatar
dibs
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 118
Munros:109   Corbetts:14
Grahams:15   Donalds:47
Sub 2000:60   
Islands:9
Joined: Oct 22, 2011
Location: Dunfermline

Re: Etive eastern 3

Postby parminder » Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:10 pm

Well done to young Martin for tackling 3 hills after a long absence, :clap: BRAW Script as usual Mr Beswick :clap: GUYS, Thanks for your company on a BRAW dayout,
parminder
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 65
Munros:215   Corbetts:7
Grahams:14   Donalds:46
Sub 2000:35   
Joined: Nov 16, 2013

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free


Your generosity keeps this site running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 39 guests